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Paddon improves to sixth in Corsica

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/04/2017

<span style="font-size:13px;">Sixth-placed Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon is enjoying his team's overall performance with one day remaining of the Rally of France in Corsica.</span> © PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images Sixth-placed Kiwi driver Hayden Paddon is enjoying his team's overall performance with one day remaining of the Rally of France in Corsica. It was a second solid day on the Rally of France for Hayden Paddon but an excellent one for his world rally championship team.

New Zealand driver Paddon improved one place to sixth in Corsica on Saturday, boosted by the engine problems which beset British overnight leader Kris Meeke.

That misfortune helped promote Paddon's Hyundai team-mate Thierry Neuville into first place.

Four-time WRC defending champion Sebastien Ogier is nearly 40sec back in second, with another Hyundai third, driven by Spaniard Dani Sordo.

Paddon is one minute 45 seconds behind Neuville but appears set for a top-six finish at the gruelling three-day rally unless problems strike on the final day.

The 29-year-old from Geraldine recorded finishes of seventh, fourth, sixth and seventh on Saturday's four stages.

He has struggled previously on the mountainous, all-asphalt rally but feels he is coming to grips with its nuances.

"An uneventful but clean day," Paddon wrote on social media.

"We are closer to the front and our team mates than last year which is positive but obviously still got to keep working to get closer."

Paddon was ninth overall coming into the fourth round of the WRC.

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